California DMV updates proposed regulations for driverless autonomous vehicle testing

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has released an updated version of proposed regulations that seek to establish a path for driverless vehicle testing and the public use of autonomous vehicles.

The revised regulations will allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel and the public use of vehicles equipped with autonomous technology.

“We are excited to take the next step in furthering the development of this potentially life-saving technology in California,” said California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly.

The state already has regulations in place for companies wishing to test autonomous vehicles with a driver on its roads. To date, 42 companies hold permits for such testing.

“The department looks forward to seeing those companies and additional companies advance the technology under these new regulations,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto.

The DMV received substantial feedback on an earlier version of these regulations published in March.

The revised regulations take into account those comments as well as NHTSA’s newly released guidance on automated driving. Interested parties may submit comments on the revised proposals until 25 October.